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Grapefruit Nutrition

Grapefruit Nutrition The breakfast favourite, grapefruit nutrition offers an excellent source of vitamin C which helps to keep the immune system in order and fight those nasty infections.

  • High in vitamin C, grapefruit nutrition can help prevent cell and tissue damage from free radicals, thereby protecting the body from serious diseases such as cancer. Vitamin C also improves iron absorption.

  • Choose grapefruits that are pink and red in colour where possible as these contain a phytonutrient called lycopene which may help to protect the body against tumours. Lycopene is the strongest phytonutrient in the prevention of free radical damage to the body cells.

  • Grapefruit nutrition provides and very good source of vitamin A which plays a part in eye health and helps to fight off viral infections.

  • Grapefruit juice ranks highly amongst other fruit juices in antioxidant compounds.

  • Grapefruit nutrition contains a soluble fibre called pectin which has been shown to slow down atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the thickening of artery walls by plaque build up which can lead to heart disease and stroke.

  • Grapefruit juice may also help to prevent lung and colon cancer - always juice your own for all the nutritional benefits as shop bought juice is stripped of most of the benefits.

  • Consuming grapefruits may also help if you want to lose weight as it has been shown to lower insulin levels. This is a low sugar fruit.

  • Consuming grapefruit juice enhances liver detoxification, which helps to remove waste from the body, and remove toxins which may cause cancer.

  • One whole grapefruit contains around 41 calories.



    THE FULL NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF GRAPEFRUITS:

    Grapefruit, raw, pink and red and white, all areas

    Refuse: 50%  (Peel, seeds, core, and membrane)
    Scientific Name:  Citrus paradisi
    NDB No: 09111 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)

    Nutrient Units 1.00 X 0.5 medium (approx 4" dia)
    -------
    128g
    Proximates
    Water
    g
    116.34
    Energy
    kcal
    41
    Energy
    kJ
    172
    Protein
    g
    0.81
    Total lipid (fat)
    g
    0.13
    Ash
    g
    0.40
    Carbohydrate, by difference
    g
    10.34
    Fiber, total dietary
    g
    1.4
    Sugars, total
    g
    8.93
    Minerals
    Calcium, Ca
    mg
    15
    Iron, Fe
    mg
    0.12
    Magnesium, Mg
    mg
    10
    Phosphorus, P
    mg
    10
    Potassium, K
    mg
    178
    Sodium, Na
    mg
    0
    Zinc, Zn
    mg
    0.09
    Copper, Cu
    mg
    0.060
    Manganese, Mn
    mg
    0.015
    Fluoride, F
    mcg
    1.3
    Selenium, Se
    mcg
    0.4
    Vitamins
    Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
    mg
    44.0
    Thiamin
    mg
    0.046
    Riboflavin
    mg
    0.026
    Niacin
    mg
    0.320
    Pantothenic acid
    mg
    0.362
    Vitamin B-6
    mg
    0.054
    Folate, total
    mcg
    13
    Folic acid
    mcg
    0
    Folate, food
    mcg
    13
    Folate, DFE
    mcg_DFE
    13
    Choline, total
    mg
    9.9
    Vitamin B-12
    mcg
    0.00
    Vitamin B-12, added
    mcg
    0.00
    Vitamin A, RAE
    mcg_RAE
    59
    Retinol
    mcg
    0
    Carotene, beta
    mcg
    707
    Carotene, alpha
    mcg
    5
    Cryptoxanthin, beta
    mcg
    8
    Vitamin A, IU
    IU
    1187
    Lycopene
    mcg
    1453
    Lutein + zeaxanthin
    mcg
    8
    Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
    mg
    0.17
    Vitamin E, added
    mg
    0.00
    Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
    mcg
    0.0
    Vitamin D
    IU
    0
    Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
    mcg
    0.0
    Lipids
    Fatty acids, total saturated
    g
    0.018
    4:0
    g
    0.000
    6:0
    g
    0.000
    8:0
    g
    0.000
    10:0
    g
    0.000
    12:0
    g
    0.000
    14:0
    g
    0.000
    16:0
    g
    0.015
    18:0
    g
    0.001
    Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
    g
    0.017
    16:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.001
    18:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.015
    20:1
    g
    0.000
    22:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
    g
    0.031
    18:2 undifferentiated
    g
    0.024
    18:3 undifferentiated
    g
    0.006
    18:4
    g
    0.000
    20:4 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    20:5 n-3 (EPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:5 n-3 (DPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:6 n-3 (DHA)
    g
    0.000
    Cholesterol
    mg
    0
    Amino acids
    Tryptophan
    g
    0.008
    Threonine
    g
    0.014
    Isoleucine
    g
    0.009
    Leucine
    g
    0.015
    Lysine
    g
    0.020
    Methionine
    g
    0.008
    Cystine
    g
    0.008
    Phenylalanine
    g
    0.049
    Tyrosine
    g
    0.008
    Valine
    g
    0.015
    Arginine
    g
    0.090
    Histidine
    g
    0.008
    Alanine
    g
    0.026
    Aspartic acid
    g
    0.142
    Glutamic acid
    g
    0.205
    Glycine
    g
    0.015
    Proline
    g
    0.065
    Serine
    g
    0.028
    Other
    Alcohol, ethyl
    g
    0.0
    Caffeine
    mg
    0
    Theobromine
    mg
    0
    USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 (2009)

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